Over the past few months I’ve come to the realisation that I’m a slave to Dreamcatcher. I’ve come to love almost every song in their discography and have realised that I’ve gotten to the stage where regardless of what they release I’ll enjoy it to a certain degree. Such is the case with new single R.o.S.E Blue which while not as strong as the groups work from earlier in the year, manages to hit just the right spots.
R.o.S.E Blue is one of the first tracks the group have promoted that hasn’t been produced by the dynamite production duo of LEEZ and Ollounder. And while their golden touch is evidently missing, ESTi attempt to make up for that with an equally bombastic arrangement. The entire track is a constant brew of dramatic strings and bombastic guitars. It has a very grandiose feel and manages to hit all the right musical triggers for me. I understand that it doesn’t do anything new and might be underwhelming for many but for some reason I’ve completely fallen under the songs dramatic charm. From the slow burn chorus to the big dramatic hook, everything feels perfectly suited to soundtrack a larger than life experience (as it should given its status as an Ost). It’s a sound that the group pull off really well and R.o.S.E Blue is another sterling example of it.
But for me, the real star of the show has to be the gorgeous chorus. Rather than hit you over the head with a dramatic tempo shift of clobbering hook, it unravels slowly over a number of refrains. While many may not vibe with this kind of structure, it’s actually one of my favourites. It’s suitably dramatic and its melody, while nothing revolutionary, is pure catnip to my ears. Alot of that has got to do with the amazing vocal arrangement. JiU especially sounds incredible, her voice flowing over those verses like velvet. It’s all great stuff and another strong entry into the groups already incredible discography.
Final Rating: 8.5 / 10